2XU Propel Wetsuit

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Whether you are new to triathlons or you are an experienced racer, the 2XU Propel Wetsuit is the perfect wetsuit for you for the first leg of the race. The inexpensive wetsuit is the perfect choice for anyone. The stretchy neoprene materials allow for amazing flexibility so you can move more freely and comfortably while in the water. You will not have to worry about feeling restricted in your wetsuit and you can focus on your speed and the race ahead of you. The SCS coating that covers the suit helps decrease any resistance when putting it on or taking off, which is always a bonus. You will not have to worry about the suit being difficult to remove when you are moving on from the swimming leg of the race, as you do not want to waste precious seconds trying to remove your suit. The 2XU Propel Wetsuit is also going to give you increased buoyancy and help you achieve the optimal swimming position for more speed and better comfort. Everything about this wetsuit is made to give you the best chance at doing your very best no matter what you are using it for.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable
  • Extremely flexible
  • Lightweight
  • Great buoyancy 
Cons
  • Not many color options
  • Not a lot of size options
Use
Use

Use

The 2XU Propel Wetsuit is an amazing piece of gear for triathlon participants, whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran triathlete. This wetsuit gives you an amazing amount of flexibility and great comfort throughout the swimming leg of your race which is always an added bonus and can help give you a little edge. The 2XU Propel Wetsuit makes use of a couple different technologies to make sure you get the best experience while wearing it. The wetsuit itself is made with a roll bar that will help increase your buoyancy, it also gives you 39 cell buoyancy panels to help keep your body at an optimal position for swimming. The super lightweight and flexible wetsuit will not hold you back when you are wearing it, giving you the added support you need in the water, especially when you are swimming for speed.

When you are participating in a triathlon it is important to move as quickly and efficiently as possible, you know that seconds matter when it comes to the race. The great thing about this wetsuit is that it is easy and convenient to remove, which is important. You do not want to finish the swimming leg of your race and have to spend too much time trying to get out of your wetsuit. The 2XU Propel Wetsuit features a floating zip panel which makes it easy to not only move while you are in the suit but to also remove the suit quickly and easily. The suit itself is has a thin coating on it (SCS coating) that also assists in the ease of removing it. Those couple seconds you save removing your suit can make a huge difference in the race.

All of that being said, a wetsuit is a wetsuit and can be used for so much more than just the swimming part of a triathlon. This wetsuit is worn by athletes of all different kinds of water sports such as surfing, diving, windsurfers, and so much more.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

When it comes to wetsuits, you do not want something that is going to be breathable. By definition, a wetsuit is supposed to keep you dry and protected from the water around you and if the materials were breathable you would not be protected. The 2XU Propel Wetsuit is made out of 100% neoprene with a coating of super composite skin (SCS). The coating is simply a thin layer that is applied over top of the neoprene that helps to repel water off of the suit when it comes into contact with the air and it also reduces surface tension when it is in contact with the water.

When it comes to wetsuits, it is not so much about how breathable the materials are, it is more about how warm the suit can keep you in the cold temperatures of the water you are swimming in. The 2XU Propel Wetsuit gives you incredible insulation allowing you to swim comfortably in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celcius). The wetsuit has a thickness of 5 mm in the upper chest and lower back and a 3 mm thickness in the lower chest, upper back, and legs. The arms have the thinnest layer of neoprene at only 1.5 mm throughout.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Customers love the comfort and feel of the 2XU Propel Wetsuit. The flexibility of this wetsuit is the key to the comfort level. The ability to move freely and unrestricted is one of the better features of this wetsuit. The suit features intermediate zone stretch (IZS) panels throughout it to give you a more fluid movement. 2XU also uses transition panels and overlapping seams to help reduce the pull. The inner lining of the suit is made to give you 520% stretch to increase the lateral flexibility. Everything about this suit is made to keep you comfortable and unrestricted.

The floating zipper panel on the back of the suit is another customer favorite. When you are wearing a wetsuit there is only so much stretch you can get from the back of the suit, as the materials may stretch but the zipper does not. There is almost always a little tightening in the back due to the lack of elasticity of the zipper. That being said, the 2XU Propel Wetsuit uses a floating zipper panel which greatly reduces that slight restriction you get from the pull of the zipper. 2XU gives you this freedom by allowing the zipper to move in unison with the body, especially when you are in the recovery and catch phase of your stroke which requires your wetsuit to stretch along your back.
Size
Size

Size

When it comes to purchasing a wetsuit, size is extremely important. You are going to want to make sure that you get a suit that is tight enough to help you maximize your drag while you are swimming in the water, but you do not want it to be too tight so it does not restrict your breathing or movement. When you put the wetsuit on initially it will feel tight, that is normal, it will loosen up a bit when you get into the water.

The 2XU Propel Wetsuits are gender specific and have sizing options for both men and women. Women's sizes come in extra small through extra large, offering a tall option for the small size. The men's sizes that are available are extra small through XXX-large, offering tall sizes in small through large. 2XU does provide you with a sizing chart and it is highly recommended that you follow the chart, using your height and weight, to find the best size for you. When following the chart, however, the weight is a little bit more important of a measurement to worry about than the height. You are going to want to make sure that you can actually fit your body into the suit. If it is a little to short in the arms and legs it is not going to matter too much, as that will not make a difference in the efficiency of the suit. It is highly recommended that you follow 2XU's size chart and suggestions on the fit of the suit because if you get one that does not fit properly then it is going to be uncomfortable and could work against you when you are trying to swim for speed.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The 2XU Propel Wetsuit is full of features that are made to make sure it is going to last you a long time. You do not want your suit to fall apart on you while you are in the middle of a race, nor do you want to have to worry about replacing something as expensive as a wetsuit more often than is necessary. You will not have to worry about premature wear and tear when it comes to this wetsuit, as long as it is taken care of properly.

This wetsuit has seamless shoulder and arm panels that not only increase your flexibility but also increase the lifespan of the suit. The suit has fewer seams than some other ones on the market, and where there are seams they are reinforced and utilize overlapping seam technologies to make sure that you are not going to get any wear and tear. The stretchy materials of the 2XU Propel Wetsuit give you such good flexibility that you will not have to worry about pulling the suit too much and causing tears in it. The suit really is made to last.

The suit will not need to be replaced very often so long as it is taken care of and stored properly. It is recommended that this suit be washed in cold water and hung to dry. It is also extremely important to store your wetsuit properly to increase its lifespan. You do not want to just wad your suit up into a ball and throw it in your gym bag and forget about it, as that will cause rapid deterioration of the suit and you will have to replace it sooner. You are going to want to make sure that the suit is completely dry before you store it anywhere. It is recommended that you put it on a hanger and hang it up, if possible. If you are limited on space, however, you can fold it and store it in a dry container until you are ready to use it again.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The 2XU Propel Wetsuit, unfortunately, does not come with any accessories. When you purchase this suit, you are only getting the suit. That being said, many customers who buy this tend to get some kind of changing mat to go with it. That will help keep sand off of and out of the suit when you are taking it off or putting it on which can cause some premature wear and tear if you are not careful. Some customers also purchase boots and or gloves to wear with their suit when they are participating in certain water sports.
Style
Style

Style

Customers have commented that they like the style and look of this wetsuit. The 2XU Propel Wetsuit is available for both men and women in slightly different color schemes. Both genders have the option of a black and silver wetsuit. However, women can also choose a black and pink peacock color scheme, and men can purchase black and flame orange. No matter what color you choose, the suit is mostly black with some color accents (depending on the color scheme you purchase). The 2XU logo is printed sideways on the chest of the suit and P:1 Propel is written on the opposite front of the hip area, both written in white print. The design is plain and simple, not too flashy, and customers can appreciate that.
Price
Price

Price

The price tag on the 2XU Propel Wetsuit is very reasonable, falling on the affordable end of the spectrum. This is an ideal wetsuit for beginners who just want to test the waters, or for experienced athletes who are looking for a cheaper option. Training for a triathlon can be very costly when you consider all of the gear and other things you will need to prepare for and participate in the race. When it comes to having to purchase a wetsuit for the first leg of the race it is good to know that you can save a little bit of money on the 2XU Propel Wetsuit.

That being said, yes, the wetsuit is relatively low cost compared to other similar suits, but that does not mean that it is not going to be an investment. The MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) of the 2XU Propel Wetsuit comes in at $299.95, but as with most anything nowadays, you can usually find it on sale online somewhere. Keep in mind, however, that you will not have to make this purchase very often as long as it is taken care of properly.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-100% neoprene with SCS coating for reduced water resistance
-SCS coating is nice for greater ease in putting on and taking off the wetsuit
-Buoyancy panel in the front for maximum buoyancy
-Great insulation with neoprene thickness ranging from 1.5 mm to 5 mm
-Floating zip panel
-520% internal stretch lining for better flexibility
-Rollbar for better core buoyancy and body position
-Concave water entrapment zone
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The 2XU Propel Wetsuit is an all-around great wetsuit for triathlons, whether you are just starting out or you are a veteran athlete looking for a more affordable option. Everything about this wetsuit is designed to help you do your very best no matter what activity you are using the wetsuit for.